Research provided by: Martin Koepple, Panoramastr. 31, D-73207 Plochingen, Germany
Generation VIII ? death record of Catharina nee Berger (? Rastatt 31.01.1794)
?Anno Dni [Domini] Millesimo Septingentesimo nonagesimo quarto, die trigesima prima Januari? obiit Catharina nata Berger, Joannis Michaelis Kielmarx, incolae hujatis uxor legitima; a tertius sequenti in cemeteries Ecclesia hujatis proprio sepultus est.?
In the year of the Lord 1794 on 31 January? died Catharina nee Berger, legitimate wife of Johann Michael Kielmarx, citizen here, and was buried at the 3rd day afterwards in the local cemetery
Whilst the city of Rastatt is first mentioned in the Middle Ages, it was not until the Baroque period that the city began to expand. Many buildings still remain from the Baroque period, a fine example of which is Rastatt Palace, the residence of Margrave Ludwig Wilhelm von Baden. It was built between 1699 and 1705, and is a series of large palaces built as a replica of the Palace of Versailles.
Other fine examples are the Rathaus, the Town Hall, and the Pagodenburg, which was built upon the Nymphenburg Park Pagoda in Munich in the 18th Century.
One of Rastatt's most notable residents was Carl Schurz, who participated in the revolutionary uprising in Germany in 1848-49 and famously escaped from the Rastatt Fortress through the sewers. He later emigrated to America where he went on to become US Minister for Interior.
Rastatt is also a large meadowlands area - the Rastatt Rheinau Meadowlands . These are ancient wetlands now legally protected to ensure that the wildlife, some of which is rare, remains protected
Some facts about our region
The rural district Rastatt is in the northern part of the black forest and has a common border with France for approximately 40 kilometres. The river Rhein and his tributarie Murg impress the flat part of the rural district, the "Schwarzwaldhochstrasse" goes up into heights of 1.000 meters and enables excellent views into the neighbour regions.
In the middle of the 13th century the first cities have been established and in the begin of the 18th century margrave Ludwig Wilhelm "der Türkenlouis" declared Rastatt as a baroque capital town; Bühl became a magistrate´s town at the begin of the 19th century and Gaggenau got the municipal law in 1922 when the industrialization started. These three cities still impress the rural district, they are also home of the police-stations.
The industrial business consists of about more than 200 factories. The best known will be Daimler-Chrysler with factories in Rastatt and Gaggenau. A german unique is the school for people in the paper industry, at the same time a technical school with international reputation.
Historic buildings like the castle in Rastatt and the castle "Favorite" are remarkable documents of history. For your pleasure you can enjoy the grapes cultivated in the region around Bühl. These grapes will be bottled every year as the famous "Affentaler" and sold around the whole world.
Faster but much more expensive you can lose the contact to the ground when you take one of the daily starting aeroplanes at the "Baden-Airport" with a growing number of international destinations.
The famous and traditional health resort Baden-Baden with approximately 53.000 inhabitants lies in the center of the rural district Rastatt.
As a touristic highlight you will find the world famous spa and one of the most beautiful casinos in the world. Don´t forget to visit the thermal spa "Caracalla", which is build in the near of the ruins of the roman thermal springs.
The hot springs established the reputation of Baden-Baden as the "Europe´s summer capitol" in the 19th century.
The provincial landmark is the Merkur with a height of 668 meters, also the "house mountain" of Baden-Baden. He got his name from the discovery of a roman votive picture from the god Merkur.